Restoring tolls on the western leg of the Mass Pike may not be popular, but it’s the best option the region has for financing road and bridge repairs. That’s the feeling of Second Hampshire State Rep John Scibak of South Hadley, who says it’s pay now, or pay later. But Governor Patrick says he won’t sign a compromise transportation bill sent his way by House and Senate leaders. Patrick says he’s not convinced it will provide $800 million in transportation funding by 2018. The plan would raise revenues by increasing gas and cigarette taxes and restoring tolls along the turnpike in Western Mass.
Just one final step remains before a jury is seated in the federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Efforts to catch families before they fall into homelessness would get a boost under a plan being pushed by Gov. Charlie Baker.
Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation is split over the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept an invitation by House Republicans to address a session of Congress.
Six downtown Amherst bars have agreed to delay their opening time Saturday until the late afternoon.